Thursday, August 14, 2014

Welcome to The Dog Blog 2014!!!  

Welcome to The Dog Blog!!!

I hope you are having a DOG-gone great summer and that you and your child are gearing up for a PAWSitively great year!  As you may know, our class is 1 of 6 model technology classrooms in the district and as such we will be embedding technology into our curriculum in ways that will enhance our learning. 

"The Dog Blog" is one means that we will be using this year. This blog will be a newsletter of sorts which will be updated 2-3 times a week. It is my hope that it will "keep you in the loop" with our learning. Throughout the year you will find pictures, slideshows, information about upcoming events, general classroom happenings, and so much more throughout the year.  You'll also find general information such as our daily schedule, PBIS information and more on the page tabs at the top of the blog.  I hope that you will bookmark our blog, check-in often, and also take the time to leave comments for us as well. 

Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer break. I look forward to meeting you soon. Don't forget, Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, August 27th from 4-6. I hope you'll be able to swing in and say hello! Feel free to drop off your child's school supplies at this time as well. If you should have any questions prior to Open House, feel free to contact me via email and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

See you soon!!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Learning Braille

On Friday one of the members of our school family introduced us to what it is like to read Braille. All of the students were given some basic information such as: every letter and number is made up of a combination of 6 dots and capital letters are signified by a single #6 dot proceeding the letter that is to be capitalized.

After learning a little bit, each child was given a mat and 6 yellow dots that they could use to build letters. We started out by practicing certain letters by being told which cells we needed to use. After a bit of practice, we were given a Braille alphabet sheet to guide our practice. As we practiced, each student was also asked to build one letter of their choice to try and stump our class expert. It was a great way for us to learn and for our expert to practice and reinforce his skills as well as he had to feel the letter they made and tell them which letter it was.
Each student at the end of our lesson was presented with a card that had their name written in Braille that our resident expert made for us, a Braille alphabet card with raised letters and a packet of Braille practice sheets so we could practice our names, riddles, etc. 

Can you figure out which letters each of the pictures represents? You can use the Braille alphabet guide to help you. 
Good luck!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Barkhausen Field Trip

Check out our video from Barkhausen. We had a fantastic day of sun and learning!!!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Writer's Tea

Thank you to everyone that was able to attend our Writer's Tea!!
 What a fantastic opportunity for your child to showcase all of their hard work since the beginning of 1st grade. The anticipation, smiles, and excitement that permeated our room all day was overflowing by the time you arrived.  I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as your little author enjoyed sharing with you. 

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How old are you?

In Spanish class this week we are learning how to say how old we are. Senora had a fun little game/song for the kids to play to practice this skill. The words are below. Have your child share with you. Click on the video to watch it in action. Your child had to say, "Yo tengo (seisseite, or ocho) anos"

Friday, May 9, 2014

It's all about bugs...

Any guesses on what's in the bucket? Let's just say it was intriguing, cool and gross all at the same time.

It was a Bess Beetle and it and its 7 other friends are the new inhabitants of our woodland terrariums. The kiddos were quite surprised by its size. We use bess beetles so we can see all of the insect parts in large size. We were easily able to find and identify the head, thorax, abdomen, antennae, 6 legs, and its mouth parts which are called mandibles. Have your child point out these parts on the picture below.

Would you believe that almost all of the kids were brave enough to "pet" him? But even more incredible was how many kiddos actually held him.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Recess fun!

No rhyme or reason to this post other than to show you the fun that they kiddos had at recess today and that it actually looked like spring with some kiddos wearing short and no jackets.